Asakusa Shop Update


The Mokuhankan Print Parties, and our Asakusa shop, are still closed. Most of our employees are at home, doing as much of their work as possible in isolation. Our printing staff - working away from the public view - are very busy trying to keep up with their work, and our shipping centre (isolated from Tokyo) is operating as normal, so online and subscription shipments should continue as usual.

We will continue monitoring the situation, and will re-open the shop when it seems appropriate to do so. Thank you for your understanding.


Shipping Update


As is to be expected, many countries are reporting that their postal systems are encountering delays, and some countries are encountering difficulties with shipments. We are using tracking wherever possible on our shipments, so it should be possible to determine where/when your package will arrive.

Here are comments from the Japanese Post office covering the current situation with various international postal services. Some countries are still accepting mail, others are not.

USA: Update: Back up and running! The Japanese Post Office is accepting 'basic' items for shipment to the US directly, but nothing trackable. For more important items, we have arranged an alternate delivery system: every couple of weeks we make a 'bulk shipment' of combined customer orders - via FedEx - to a US address (Hi Jed!), from where the packages are then shipped via Domestic USPS. It takes a bit longer than it used to, but things are moving through steadily and safely ... Thank you for your patience!

Europe: Update: Back up and running! (mostly) The Japanese Post Office is now accepting items for most European countries (see the exceptions listed below). But they are doing so with a clear advisory that 'delays are to be expected'.

Australia: Update: Partially back up and running! From November 11th, the Japanese Post Office has begun to accept items for Australia, but only for basic letters and 'Small Packet' items (under 2kg). No EMS service is available yet, nor can any packages be registered for tracking.

UK: Post Office advisory: 'Mail items to the United Kingdom are being accepted ... but may encounter delays'

Canada: Same as Australia ... accepting 'basic' mail items, but nothing trackable ...

Most Asian countries are now accepting ...

List of currently stopped countries (partial):

  • Israel
  • Greece
  • Indonesia
  • Russian Federation (Post Office is accepting, but we have many experiences of packages being returned to us ...)
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Most of South America (Chile and Argentina are accepting EMS)

The complete list published by the Japanese Post Office is here (.pdf).

If you are in a 'stopped' country, you have two options: place your order and we will 'hold' the shipment until the situation improves ... or please hold off, and come back to place an order later. Thank you for your understanding.